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EP police hunt prison escapees

The escapees and five other inmates were being transported from the Qumbu Magistrates Court to prison.

FILE: The escapees and five other inmates were being transported from the Qumbu Magistrate’s Court to prison. Picture: SAPS.

CAPE TOWN - Eastern Cape police have launched a manhunt for three awaiting trial prisoners who escaped custody while being transported to prison.

The escapees and five other inmates were being transported from the Qumbu Magistrates Court to a correctional facility when they broke out on Thursday.

The police's Khaya Tonjeni said, "Preliminary investigation indicated that the window of the back door vehicle was cut and three prisoners escaped. Members of the community are warned not to try and apprehend the escapees as they can be dangerous. They are encouraged to report them immediately to the nearest police station."

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